Dusty shades of your theme colour can soften deep tones to create a bold, yet romantic look. For example, by adding dusty shades of pink and purple to a deep wine will achieve a nice soft palette. The key is to combine contrasting shades of light and dark.
Consider the time of year and the location of your wedding. If the event is to take place in the heat of the summer, keep in mind that you will be wearing your dress for many hours and may not have much relief from the heat. Rather than being exhausted from the heat in a couple of hours, choose a style of dress and fabric that will suit the weather.
Instead of purchasing individual favors for all of your guests, why not make a donation on behalf of your guests to a charity or cause. This is a nice touch and a way to help out others who are in need. When doing this it's a good idea to display a notice of some sort on your guest book table so all of your guests are aware of where you made the donation.
If children are attending your reception, keep them entertained by setting up a crafts and games table. It doesn't have to be much just a few coloring books, crayons and a game or two. This provides them with some activities to partake in and the parents will have a chance to enjoy the evening.